Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are expected to be sentenced to a recommended two and five months in federal prison, respectively, for their involvement in the college admissions scandal. The couple is accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits.
With sentencing right around the corner, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling summarized the case against Loughlin and Giannulli to prepare the judge to make his final decision. In the court documents, which were obtained by multiple media outlets, allege the couple instructed Olivia Jade to lie to her high school guidance counselor about the situation. In addition to making their teenage daughter complicit in the bribery scandal, Lelling also claims Giannulli confronted the guidance counselor after he told USC of his doubts about Olivia Jade's crew participation.
The documents claim that Loughlin and Giannulli coached Olivia Jade on what to say to her guidance counselor after he started asking questions about her USC application. Olivia Jade asked her parents if she should list USC as her top choice school, Loughlin reportedly replied "Yes, but it might be a flag for the weasel to meddle." She also told her daughter: "don't say too much to that man."
Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told Mercury News he believes Olivia Jade and Isabella should have faced charges, as well. “I would have charged the daughters,” said Rahmani. “They were absolutely complicit.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are due in court on Friday (August 21) for their formal sentencing.